Written by Amani Nilar
08 Mar, 2022 | 6:06 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); The CEB Joint Trade Union has raised concerns of underhand deals amidst the power crisis, and alleges that the Government is attempting to make emergency electricity purchases for a period of two years.
The Secretary to the CEB Joint Trade Union Federation, Ranjan Jayalal points out that the Government is signing agreements to purchase 100 Megawatts of power from the Ace Power Plant in Embilipitiya, 20 Megawatts from the power plant in Matara which belongs to the same company, 5 Megawatts from the power plant run by Asia Power, and 20 or 30 Megawatts from the power plant run by We Power.
Accordingly, he demands as to why the Government is attempting to purchase power for two years as not even the Department of Meteorology has predicted that the country will not have any rains for a period of two years.
Therefore, he alleged that these deals which involves a certain MP is an underhand deal, as according to the agreement, 8 million US dollars have to be paid to Ace Power for a year regardless of whether Sri Lanka obtains power from them or not.
“We wish to responsibly say that while they are trying to impose power cuts of more than 10 hours in the coming days, they are also trying to earn money by pushing the people to the wall,” he added.
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